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    Pole - Pole 3 (Matador Records)

    Cut from the same digital cloth as its predecessors, Pole 1 and Pole 2 (the only true reference points of any value here), Pole 3 is more minimalist future dub from German eccentric Stefan Betke. Ghostly echoes and thickened bass patterns form the sk...

    by Jeff Stratton on September 14, 2000
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    Horse Attitudes - The Rocking Horse Winner races for the prize

    D.H. Lawrence's short story The Rocking-Horse Winner is a cautionary fable about greed. It ends with the death of a child, his toy horse transporting his soul to the hereafter. In the case of the suburban Broward band of the same name, the arrangemen...

    by Jeff Stratton on September 7, 2000
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    Bandwidth - Bandwidth spends a night at the Metal Factory

    Mid-August at the posher-than-thou Power Studios in Miami's Design District: A well-dressed throng sips expensive drinks as the lights are slowly dimmed and the velvet curtains part to reveal local act Sunday Driver. Technicians make sure guitars are...

    by Jeff Stratton on September 7, 2000
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    Califone - Califone (Road Cone)

    At first blush, Tim Rutili's five-song EP about disaster, grace, dumb luck, and fear of machinery might seem like a cynical prayer for peacenik John Lennon: consider the hollow-sounding, resonating piano of the disc's opener, "Electric Fence," and it...

    by John La Briola on September 7, 2000
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    Victoria Williams - Water to Drink (Atlantic)

    Though she's been at it for years, Victoria Williams is probably better known as a celebrity with an illness than she is as a visionary writer and performer. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1992, Williams first caught massive media attention whe...

    by Mike Villano on September 7, 2000
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    Seor Coconut y Su Conjunto - El Baile Alemn (Emperor Norton Records)

    On paper it is, at best, a dubious concept: a Latin dance combo covering German avant-garde pioneers Kraftwerk's repetitive back catalog. It would seem that the two types of music, both of which possess a somewhat limited appeal, would probably hold ...

    by Robert Bishop on September 7, 2000
  • Sumner Vacation - Sting and the art of corporate rock

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    Sumner Vacation - Sting and the art of corporate rock

    "I entered the music business when it was much more of a cottage industry and now it is a corporate industry. There are advantages to corporate industry.... That's just the way it is. It's not going back." -- Sting, America OnLine chat, December 7...

    by Rob O'Connor on August 31, 2000
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    Bandwidth - The Stop the Violence Benefit hits this weekend

    Although it's truly a tiny space, Fort Lauderdale's Shed Records is doing a big service, providing a mellow, easygoing, and extremely hip scene in a community weighed down by festering strip malls and pervasive corporate record-store tyranny. Now, e...

    by Jeff Stratton on August 31, 2000
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    Sparks - Balls (Oglio Records)

    The marvelously twisted Mael brothers, known in pop circles as Sparks for the past 30 years or so, are living proof of the adage that if you stick around long enough, eventually you'll be back in style. Sparks began life as a slightly more than stand...

    by Brian Baker on August 31, 2000
  • Kevin Gordon - Down to the Well (Shanachie)

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    Kevin Gordon - Down to the Well (Shanachie)

    It shouldn't come as a surprise that Kevin Gordon has never fit in with the Nashville program. He's simply too talented, too ambitious, and too ornery to make do with the prefab platters dished up by Music City denizens. And that's a damn good thing....

    by Steve Almond on August 31, 2000
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    Billy Bragg & Wilco - Mermaid Avenue Vol. II (Elektra)

    Give or take an occasional oddity such as For a Few Dollars More or The Godfather, Part Two, sequels seldom work as well as their predecessors. The stories they offer are generally nothing more than mere embellishments of an already established theme...

    by John Floyd on August 31, 2000
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    Reliable Connection - Tafari Music provides the reggae hookup

    It's a Sunday afternoon on Fort Lauderdale beach, where a brief thundershower and an onshore breeze have temporarily tempered the muggy scorch of August. On the patio of the beachfront Atlantis nightclub, bare-chested men and barely dressed women sip...

    by John Ferri on August 24, 2000
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    Bandwidth - This Square Egg is well-rounded

    Back in April, the Poor House hosted a pair of fine hip-hop-influenced acts from our sultry neck of the woods, giving this observer the impression that some pretty good local music was lurking around. However, the two bands -- the Square Egg and Hash...

    by Jeff Stratton on August 24, 2000
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    764-HERO - Weekends of Sound (Up Records)

    764-HERO, while still at peace in the relative obscurity of the underground, is no longer the sort of new phenomenon that can be judged one release at a time. After two full-length albums (Salt Sinks, Sugar Floats and Get Here and Stay), an EP (We're...

    by Brendan Kelley on August 24, 2000
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    Charlie Watts and Jim Keltner - Charlie Watts Jim Keltner Project (Higher Octave Music)

    Oh God, it's a world beat record from two aging rock drummers who really ought to know better than to attempt something like this. Charlie Watts, long-time drummer for the Rolling Stones and American Civil War artifact collector, has never made it a ...

    by Ross Johnson on August 24, 2000
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    T-Model Ford - She Ain't None of Your'n (Fat Possum)

    Robert Belfour What's Wrong With You (Fat Possum) The scope and depth of North Mississippi blues are amply documented on the latest releases by the Oxford-based Fat Possum label, the highly touted indie responsible for breaking the likes of R.L. B...

    by John Floyd on August 24, 2000
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    Victim Mentality - A Kite Is a Victim takes the slow road

    "Someone, somewhere said something about tragedy being an opportunity," insists Ulysses Perez, drummer for Miami trio A Kite Is a Victim. It's not that the band's downbeat, melancholy songs take listeners down a suicidal spiral or that its members le...

    by Jeff Stratton on August 17, 2000
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    Bandwidth - The Getaway Plan brings "emo-punk" to Ft. Lauderdale

    Of great interest to Bandwidth, of course, is a new band from Fort Lauderdale, the Getaway Plan. More accurately, the band's bassist and guitarist live in Coral Springs, and the drummer is holed up in Delray Beach, while singer Dominic Traverzo makes...

    by Jeff Stratton on August 17, 2000
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    GusGus - GusGus vs. T-World (Beggars Banquet/4AD)

    The new album being marketed disingenuously under the moniker of Icelandic trip-hop darlings GusGus is not a collaboration among the collective's nine members. The seven tracks of GusGus vs. T-World were actually laid down in the mid-'90s by DJ Herb ...

    by John Ferri on August 17, 2000
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    Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R (Interscope Records)

    Don't expect the sons of Kyuss -- an underappreciated band that drew comparisons to Nirvana in the early '90s -- to rise up lethargically like Lon Chaney Jr. and embarrass their ancestry. Sure, guitarist Josh Homme packs bowl after bowl of blooze-met...

    by John La Briola on August 17, 2000
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